Shell’s Beaver County Plant Likely To Spark Tech Jobs

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Beaver County

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An ethylene cracking plant that Shell Oil Co. could build in Beaver County‘s Potter Township may generate hundreds of technical jobs that would demand a chemistry-savvy workforce, experts said Friday.

A study by the American Chemistry Council, completed in August, found that if such a plant were located in Western Pennsylvania, it would eventually spur related industrial developments that would directly employ around 2,400 people at a total annual payroll of $347 million.

Around a quarter of the employees needed would be supervisors, managers, chemists, engineers and information technologists, and many of the rest would be technicians, said Kevin Swift, chief economist for the council.

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